Child and adolescent psychodynamic psychotherapy, is a specialised approach to working with children, adolescents and their families. It differs from many other forms of therapy as it aims to assist in gaining a greater understanding and awareness of one’s inner world. Emotional distress in young people is often reflected in their behaviour or the way in which they are experiencing the world around them. A psychodynamic approach focuses on uncovering what it is that a young person may be trying to communicate through their behaviour. Through this new understanding a working through of these difficulties can begin.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy provides an effective treatment for a range of psychological concerns. The goal of this form of therapy is not simply to manage difficulties or to overcome immediate troubles, but rather to help young people develop a real understanding about themselves and to reach their fullest potential.